Dar­ren Xuereb

Car: XW Fair­mont GS Home­town: Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria

Australian Muscle Car - - My Muscle -

What is it?

“It’s a 1969 XW Fair­mont GS with a match­ing num­bers 302 Wind­sor. It’s Reef Green in colour with Sad­dle in­te­rior, T-bar auto, power-steer­ing and air-con.”

When did you buy it?

“The Ford was bought as an un nished project back in 2011. It had the right op­tions was rust and dam­age free, had huge po­ten­tial but needed a full restora­tion.”

Why did you buy it?

“Prior to own­ing the XW I was very much into my 1980s and ’90s Hold­ens. A mate of mine re­cently bought a nice orig­i­nal ZC Fair­lane, and I must ad­mit the bug for a more clas­sic ve­hi­cle bit. I was look­ing at a HQ Holden orig­i­nally, but when see­ing a few nicely op­tioned XWs and XYs, I had to say the lure was too strong. So the search be­gan. Know­ing I was quite par­tic­u­lar and very hands-on, the in­tent was al­ways to buy some­thing need­ing to be re­stored, rather than al­ready built. The key was to nd the right car with the right com­bi­na­tion, and equally with a clean and solid foun­da­tion to work off.”

What do you know about its his­tory?

“The car has a full his­tory be­hind it with orig­i­nal pa­per­work, pur­chase re­ceipts and num­ber­plates. We tracked the orig­i­nal owner, Fay, down and she was so happy that the car was still around. Fay bought the car from Duhig Ford in Essendon, Vic­to­ria in July 1969. It was her per­sonal car and her rst ever car in her name. She owned it for 30 years when she gave it to her son. Her son took the car to Ip­swich, Queens­land, drove it for a num­ber of years and then started to re­store it. The restora­tion never got com­plete and he de­cided to sell it. Fay’s son sold the car and it came back to Croy­don, here in Mel­bourne. Dar­ren bought the car in 2011 and it took ve years to re­store to its orig­i­nal state.”

How does it go?

“It is a beau­ti­ful car to drive. Driv­ing an old clas­sic brings back a lot of child­hood mem­o­ries. It gets a lot of at­ten­tion ev­ery­where we go.”

Any­thing you’d like to add?

“Its rst out­ing was to Mo­torEx 2016 and was awarded sec­ond place in the Best Over­all Fac­tory Mus­cle di­vi­sion. Orig­i­nal owner Fay was present at the show and it was great to pho­to­graph her sit­ting in the car she pur­chased brand new 47 years ear­lier.”

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